Research grants opportunities

Rebecca Penny

As always, please contact me if you have questions regarding preparing a grant or budget. I am not a grant writer (see post in Professional Development about access), but I can provide lots of information, guidance and advice regarding interpretation of guidelines, Faculty and Institutional requirements, processes and budget. Email or phone (ext 34849) me!

Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) grants

  • be a medium to long term industry-led collaborative research project to solve industry-identified problems and improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries
  • include an industry-focused education and training program. This must include, but is not limited to, a PhD program that complements the research program and that increases engagement, technology development, skilled employees and R&D capacity within industry entities
  • implement strategies that build the R&D capacity within SMEs
  • deploy research outputs and encourage take-up by industry.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) support medium to long term industry-led collaborations to solve industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes.
To support the overall aims of the CRC Program, CRCs undertake the following eligible activities. CRCs must:

The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible grant project value. Eligible grant project value includes the total eligible expenditure (appendix C of the CRC Grant Opportunity Guidelines) plus allowable in-kind contributions (appendix D of the CRC Grant Opportunity Guidelines).

Your total project value may also include eligible special purpose expenditure (appendix E of the CRC Grant Opportunity Guidelines), however these costs are not included in the calculation of your grant amount.

There is no minimum and maximum grant amount. Grants to date have ranged between $7 million and $75 million, depending on the scope and complexity of the project.

Applications are open to all industry sectors and research disciplines. To be eligible for a CRC grant, applications must:

  • be submitted by a group of applicants who have agreed to collaborate
  • the collaboration must, at a minimum, include one Australian industry entity and one Australian research entity
  • demonstrate the ability to at least match (in cash or in-kind) the grant funding sought
  • demonstrate the ability to undertake eligible activities of a CRC as outlined in the CRC Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

For more information on eligibility please refer to the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.
To apply, go to
Applications to funding body close: 1 July 2019 @ 5pm
Applications to be submitted to Research Office: 17 June 2019

National Health and Medical Research Council – European Union Collaborative Research grants

The NHMRC-EU Collaborative Research Grants scheme provides a contribution to Australian institutions and researchers who are participating in leading international collaborative research that has been selected for funding through Horizon 2020. Horizon 2020 is currently the EU’s main instrument for funding research and development and will run until 2020.

Further information on Horizon 2020, including the timing and application process for EU topics, is available from the EU website

Eligible Topics
NHMRC is supporting Australian researchers for the following Horizon 2020 calls:

I. SC1-BHC-01-2019: Understanding causative mechanisms in co- and multimorbidities.
II. SC1-BHC-02-2019: Systems approaches for the discovery of combinatorial therapies for complex disorders.
III. SC1-BHC-07-2019:  Regenerative medicine: from new insights to new applications.
IV. SC1-BHC-13-2019: Mining big data for early detection of infectious disease threats driven by climate change and other factors.
V. SC1-BHC-14-2019: Stratified host-directed approaches to improve prevention and/or treatment of infectious diseases.
VI. SC1-BHC-19-2019: Implementation research for maternal and child health.
VII. SC1-BHC-22-2019: Mental health in the workplace.
VIII. SC1-BHC-25-2019: Demonstration pilots for implementation of personalized medicines in healthcare.
IX. SC1-BHC-28-2019: The Human Exposome Project: a toolbox for assessing and addressing the impact of environment on health.
X. SC1-DTH-01-2019: Big data and Artificial Intelligence for monitoring health status and quality of life after the cancer treatment.

Applications must be made to, and approved through the European Commission (EC) peer review process to be eligible for funding through NHMRC.

Applications will only be accepted from NHMRC approved Administering Institutions. A list of NHMRC approved Administering Institutions is available at:

Opening and closing dates for Horizon 2020 calls vary by topic. The most current information is available on the EU website

Innovations connections

The Innovations Connections scheme provides researchers within the university an opportunity to link up with businesses. A facilitator from Innovations Connections can connect the business to expertise within the research sector (if required or build on an existing relationship) and help to define a project scope. Up to $50,000 in matched funding support is available to the business, should it choose to fund the project with the recommendation of the facilitator.

Main points on how the scheme works are;

  • Up to $130,000 matched funding to support research activities.
  • Collaboration between eligible companies and a publicly funded research organisation.
  • Projects can be 2 – 12 months in duration
  • The entire process is supported by an Innovation Connections Facilitator.
  • Research areas aligned to Industry Growth Sectors

For more information on the scheme or if you are interested in arranging an information session please contact Robert Doubleday, Manager Research Policy and Coordination by email or ext 32811

Australian-American Fulbright Commission

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers scholarships to Australian citizens across all career stages. Awardees take part in an academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at a U.S. institution, experiencing life abroad and bringing back their knowledge and experience to share with their communities in Australia.

A Fulbright award is more than a scholarship – it is, in the words of Senator Fulbright, a means of fostering “leadership, learning, and empathy between cultures… It is a modest program with an immodest aim – the achievement in international affairs of a regime more civilised, rational and humane than the empty system of power of the past.”

Which Fulbright is right for me?

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers scholarship opportunities to Australian citizens across various academic and career stages. Click on the links below to access information for each category  (including opportunities available);

Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships allow postgraduate students undertaking their Australian PhD to conduct research in the U.S. for 3 months up to 2 years.
Supports enrollment in a graduate degree program (e.g. a Master’s) for 3 months up to two-years.

Fulbright Postdoctoral scholarships allow individuals to undertake postdoctoral research in the U.S. for 3-10 months, who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years or are in the last year of completion.

Fulbright Scholar Awards are for academics (at Associate or full Professorial level) and mid-career professionals (with an undergraduate qualification and minimum 10 years work experience) to undertake research and/or training in the United States for 3-4 months.

Distinguished Chair
The Fulbright Distinguished Chair award is for an exceptional individual at professorial level to carry out research in the United States for up to 6 months. 

Applications close Monday 15 July 2019 and for more information please visit the Fulbright website.
Applications should be submitted to the Research Office with an NTS and budget outline by Monday 1 July 2019.

Please contact me if you have any queries or questions regarding preparation of your application. Once you have obtained approval from your Head of School, submit your application to so I can facilitate approval by the Associate Dean Research and Faculty.

2019 CHASS Australia prizes

2019 marks the sixth year of the annual CHASS Australia Prizes. The Australia Prizes honour distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) sector, including academics, researchers, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers, and students.

Nominations are now open in four categories and will be accepted from anyone regardless of their years of training/study in the field, as long as the nominated work fits within the specified criteria.
Please note there is no nomination fee for any category and self-nominations are welcome. The application process is very simple and can easily be completed online:
Terms and conditions apply, please refer to the attached flyers and our website for more details. 

Nominations close 5pm AEST on 21 June 2019

Vietnamese research opportunity

The Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam is partnering with the Commonwealth’s Austrade to offer funding in the professional development training program for human resources in science and technology in Vietnam and overseas (Program 2395).

Interested Australian institutions and organisations are encouraged to work with Vietnamese partners to apply for the funds. Only the Vietnamese partner can submit applications, with input from Australian partners. Applications will be sent to the Vietnam Institute of Science Technology and Innovation (VISTI), Ministry of Science and Technology for assessment and approval.

Details are available in the Circular 13/2016/TT-BKHCN (requires Austrade login).
For further assistance, please send an EOI form to Ms Hien Le, Education Manager, Austrade Hanoi by 14 June 2019.